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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Around the Mets minors 4.24.12

By Adam Rubin

LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 3 (11 innings): Scott Podsednik singled home Erik Kratz in the bottom of the 11th inning after Buffalo had rallied from three runs down. For the second time this season, the IronPigs were able to best Herd reliever Jack Egbert (0-2). Kratz singled to left on a groundball through the left side of the infield with one out in the 11th inning. The Lehigh Valley catcher moved to second on a walk to Andres Blanco and was able to beat the throw home from the newest Bison, Dustin Martin, on Podsednik's single. The IronPigs also defeated Egbert on April 19, in Buffalo. The reliever has allowed just three hits in nine innings against the rest of the International League North Division. The IronPigs took a 3-0 lead into the game's final innings. Vinny Rottino then started the Herd comeback with a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth. Omar Quintanilla's infield single scored Martin with two outs in the top of the ninth. Martin was signed by the Mets on Tuesday and activated to the Bisons roster. The Bisons got another quality start from their rotation. Garrett Olson didn't factor into the decision despite allowing just three runs in six innings. The southpaw is still in search of his first Bisons win despite a 2.92 ERA through four starts this year. The Bisons got two innings of scoreless relief from both Brad Holt and Fernando Cabrera in the loss. Prior to the game, the Mets recalled Zach Lutz from the Bisons. The infielder made his major league debut on Tuesday night with a strikeout as a pinch hitter for New York. Valentino Pascucci extended his hitting streak to nine games. He's averaged an even .300 (12-for-40) with two homers and seven RBIs over the stretch. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 4, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets collected eight hits -- but never more than one in any inning -- in suffering their Eastern League-leading third shutout loss. Binghamton starter Zack Wheeler battled through control issues to put up five scoreless innings in his fourth Double-A start. The righty matched a career-high with six walks, issuing at least one free pass in every inning. New Hampshire starter Chad Jenkins side stepped his own jams, scattering six hits over six scoreless innings. The B-Mets' only threat to score against Jenkins came in the fourth. Juan Lagares led off the inning by ripping a line drive to center field. The blast sailed over Brad McElroy’s head and ricocheted off the fence back toward center field. Reading the carom, Lagares raced to third. McElroy tracked the ball down, but fumbled it, enticing Lagares to attempt to score. McElroy recovered and relayed the baseball to Ryan Goins, who fired home to nab Lagares at the plate, keeping the game scoreless. For the second straight start, the B-Mets offered no offensive support for Wheeler. The righty departed after five innings and was replaced by Erik Turgeon in the sixth. The Fisher Cats broke the tie against the righty. Brad Glenn led off with a double. John Tolisano walked. A.J. Jimenez lifted a fly ball to deep right field that glanced off the outstretched glove of Lagares for a triple, giving the visiting club a 2-0 lead. Jimenez crossed home later on McElroy’s fielder’s choice. Given a three-run cushion, Jenkins returned for the sixth and put up a scoreless inning. Former B-Met Clint Everts pitched a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. A single by Oswaldo Navarro and a walk to Josh Rodriguez put two men aboard with no outs. The rally quickly died when Jefry Marte struck out and Lagares bounced into an inning-ending double play. After Mike McDade gave the Fisher Cats insurance with a home run off Armando Rodriguez in the top of the ninth, Ronald Uviedo worked a perfect frame to cap the New Hampshire victory. Turgeon was handed his second loss. The B-Mets (9-8) continue their series against the Fisher Cats on Wednesday. Left-hander Darin Gorski takes the ball for Binghamton against right-hander Deck McGuire. Box

FORT MYERS 7, ST. LUCIE 1: Fort Myers recorded 14 hits and pulled away late with a three-run ninth as the Miracle snapped the St. Lucie Mets' 10-game winning streak. The Mets were dealt their first home loss. St. Lucie left-hander Chase Huchingson suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Huchingson issued a season-high four walks and had three strikeouts. Huchingson came into the start with a 17 2/3 scoreless innings streak through three starts. Wilmer Flores hit his second home run of the season in the sixth inning, a solo blast over the left-field fence. Ryan Fraser pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up three hits with two strikeouts. Fort Myers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with three hits off Huchingson. They added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Fort Myers had a 4-1 lead entering the ninth, before pushing across three runs against Mets left-hander Hamilton Bennett. He allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts over two innings. Mets center fielder Andres Torres finished 0-for-4 in his second game with the Mets on a major league rehab assignment. He played the full game. DH Cesar Puello and first baseman Richard Lucas each went 2-for-4. Box

SAVANNAH 14, WEST VIRGINIA 5: T.J. Rivera went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs. Dustin Lawley added a three-run homer. All nine Gnats scored runs. Box

Compiled from team reports